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About the time of World War I came a man that would help change the thinking of many people TS Eliot along with many other poets and artists headed a new revolution known as Modernism According to Lavender 1998 modernism is a rebellion against the Victorian traditions of that time Modernists believed that the industrialized nations with cash-based economies primarily Protestant Christian were not the civilized people Instead they saw them as greedy hypocrites who made freedom unattainable The modernists thought that the truly civilized people were the people who Victorians considered savage huntersgatherer tribes with barter-based economies with mainly pagan beliefs TS Eliots poetic works helped him be considered by Gradesaver nd as the the voice of Modernism and one of the greatest poets of the 20th century Thomas Stearns Eliot was born on September 26 1888 in St Louis Missouri and was the youngest of seven children His father Henry Ware Eliot was the president of the Hydraulic-Press Brick Company and his mother Charlotte Champe Stearns was a former teacher and an amateur poet His grandfather William Greenleaf Eliot was the founder of the Unitarian church in St Louis and was an important leader in St Louiss religious and civic life Bush 1999 Eliots primary education consisted of Ms Lockes Primary School and Smith Academy both in St Louis The year of his graduation from Smith Academy was the first time his poems and prose pieces appeared publicly in the Smith Academy Record After graduating from Smith Academy Eliot went to a prep school in Massachusetts before entering Harvard in 1906 At Harvard he regularly wrote in the Harvard Advocate and studied under professors such as Paul Elmer More and Irving Babbit while studying the poetry of Dante that would later prove to be a major influence in his works Kennedy and Gioia 2001 In 1909 Eliot received his bachelor of arts in literature and stayed one more year at Harvard to get
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